The Hague - Drunken Feyenoord fans who rioted on Rome's
famous Piazza di Spagna in February will not be prosecuted for damaging a
landmark 17th-century fountain, Dutch prosecutors said on Monday.
Forty-four supporters of the Rotterdam club will, however,
still face charges for fighting with Italian police ahead of a Europa League
clash with home club AS Roma, said Jeichien de Graaf.
"We aren't able to accurately identify those
responsible for damaging the fountain and we don't have evidence," she
Intoxicated Feyenoord fans trashed part of the Italian
capital in February ahead of the game, including damaging Rome's famous
The Rome city council estimated damage done to the tourist
attraction, which had recently been restored, at more than one million euros
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The fans are facing a Dutch judge for "disturbing
public order" and one fan also faces an attempted homicide charge for
throwing fireworks at the police, injuring one officer.
Their trial is set to take place in Rotterdam in late
November and early December.
Sixteen other officers were also injured in the running
battle between supporters and police.
Apart from scratches and other damage, the Barcaccia
fountain also had to be cleaned of empty beer bottles and cans, causing outrage
among Rome's citizens.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte afterwards apologised to his
Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw with Roma going through after
winning the second leg 2-1 in Rotterdam.For
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